“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery This advice comes under the admonition of "write what you know". Some of the best and worst advice aspiring writers ever receive. When you are told to "write what you know" it … Continue reading Writing from the heart
There's the sixty-four thousand dollar question. I know many authors in various stages of their careers, and not a single one willing to say, "I know exactly where my story begins." Once in a rare while we know where to start the story, but not often, and certainly, not always. As writers we have so … Continue reading Where does your story start?
More on naming your characters. The sound of a name says it all. For the strong, alpha, bad boy, totally masculine character you will probably want a name that sounds sharp, short and strong. Names that garner attention. Bad boys, particularly villains, who deserve as much attention as heroes, have specific name needs.No villain should … Continue reading How does that sound?
“You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ― Shirley Chisholm Writers write. Ask any writer. If they could stop writing, they probably would stop writing. For the rest of us, we write to still the voices in our heads. We write to get our … Continue reading About Writer’s Block
How important are secondary characters? Very Important. Think for just a minute how you might see The Harry Potter series without Neville Longbottom. Or perhaps Pride and Prejudiced with Jane Bennett. Not so interesting, huh? Important to remember the names for secondary characters. They should not be similar to the hero or the heroines name. … Continue reading Secondary Characters
We spend a lot of time writing and rewriting the hero. After all, everyone expects him to be perfect. Especially if you're writing Romance. Romance readers are a finicky group. They've earned the right to be by their support of the fiction market. Many genres include romance, i.e, romantic suspense, historical romance, paranormal romance, contemporary … Continue reading How About Characters who are Villains?
New parents spend time and energy choosing the perfect name for tier offspring. Some writers spend a few hours choosing a character name, and rightfully so. This is a declension which can mean the difference between success and failure for your character, or maybe even your book. You can choose a name that molds the … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Interviewing the hero is a good start, if that works for you. If not, I'm going to give you some guidelines about what a hero should--and shouldn't be, and how he might act. Remember, writing doesn't have a lot of "rules" per se, but if you want your hero to be likable, you will at … Continue reading How do I make that hero shine?
There are a lot of questions you'll be asking about developing any character. Some writers like to sit down and "interview" the characters they'll be working with over the course of a story. I am not one of those writers. Is is wrong to interview characters? Yes, and no. If you use this method to … Continue reading Defining Characters
As soon as you open your novel, on the very first page, in the very first line...what your character does and says will make or break him/her --and by association, you--as a writer. You only get this one chance to gimme a hero. He/she must be unique but ordinary, courageous but vulnerable, strong and weak … Continue reading Gimme a Hero…